Network Engineer I - Top Secret clearance

Port Hueneme, CA /
Operations and Maintenance /
/ On-site
Riptide Technology is hiring a Network Engineer I – Top Secret clearance position in Port Hueneme, CA. The role is required to be onsite and has the ability to travel.


The Network Engineer I supports the Information Technology (IT) Networking and Communications Operations and Maintenance (O&M) team to provide enterprise-level, high performance, highly available networking services in direct support of the customer’s business and mission needs. Specifically, the Network Engineers will be responsible for a variety of operational related assignments associated with deployed operational solutions backed by Cisco, Juniper, Riverbed, and SolarWinds on multiple sets of enterprise-level IT systems in support of the customer’s Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) and data center environments.
Under the guidance of the Senior Network Engineer, the Network Engineers provide O&M support - installation, testing, validation, sustainment, upgrading, and decommissioning – as it relates to enterprise networking devices to include: switches, routers, firewalls, encryption devices, copper- and fiber-based connectivity. They also provide the initial level of support for service request, incidents, and problems as escalated by the IT Enterprise Service Desk. Network Engineers support the production and documentation maintenance of the Networking system(s), sub-systems(s), and component(s) in the customer’s IT networking portfolio, including as-built documentation capacity/performance plans, as well as other areas of server systems life-cycle planning.


    • Security Clearance - This position will require U.S. citizenship and an active DoD TS/SCI clearance, with a CI Poly preferred. The ability to obtain a CI poly is required.
    • Shall hold an active and current Cisco Certified Networks Associate (CCNA) certification.
    • Shall have 3 or more years of progressive and increasingly complex experience working with enterprise-level Cisco hardware, operating systems (IOS, NX-OS, ACI, etc.), and technologies (Voice, Video, Routing, Switching, Security, etc.) across enterprise information systems and networks.
    • Demonstrated experience working with Cisco-based Routing and Switching technologies (i.e., BGP, EIGRP, LACP, HSRP, OSPF, PC, QoS, STP, VPC, VRF).
    • Demonstrated experience working with Cisco-based Access Control Lists (ACLs) to secure network traffic at all supported layers of the OSI Reference Model.
    • Shall meet the Cyber IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (CSWF) Network Operations Specialist (441); Intermediate Level for SECNAV M-5239.2 compliance. (See Navy Cool Website)


    • Associate’s degree from an accredited University; OR
    • OR Certifications:
    • CompTIA Security+ ce; or
    • GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC); or
    • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

Travel Requirements:

    • Travel approximately 20% annually.

Desired Qualifications:

    • Strongly desired to be CCNP Collaboration and/or CCNA Security Certified. More senior Cisco certification levels (i.e., CCNP or higher) are a plus.
    • Strongly desired to have 3 or more years of experience operating and maintaining networking solutions in secure processing environments which must adhere to U.S. Government Information Assurance and Security standards such as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Requirement Guides (SRGs) and Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs).
    • Strongly desired to have 1 of more years experience in automation and/or scripting with languages such as Python, powershell and/or ansible.
    • Demonstrated experience monitoring and assessing networking systems and solutions proactively for performance degradation, and tuning and optimization opportunities.
    • Demonstrated experience operating, tuning, and troubleshooting Cisco’s Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) and TelePresence Management Suite (TMS) and TelePresence Videos Communications Server (VCS) to support enterprise Collaboration (i.e., Voice and Video) services across a WAN.
    • Demonstrated experience working with software-based configuration management solutions capable of documenting, storing and on-demand deployment of pre-generated, reviewed, and approved network-device configurations such as SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM).
    • Working knowledge of common networking troubleshooting techniques, methodologies, processes, and practices to identify and resolve low-level issues and problems.
    • Familiarity working with secure encrypted networking devices (i.e., Taclanes and Border Guards) and communication circuits, protocols, and configurations.
    • Familiarity with Cisco data center networking solutions, technologies, and best practices to support in the engineering, design, implementation, and management of modern data center infrastructure.
    • Familiarity working with Cisco local and wide area networking (LAN/WAN) solutions, technologies, and best practices to support in the engineering design, implementation, and management of Remote Office/Remote Branch networking requirements as well as smaller purpose-built information systems.
    • Familiarity with Cisco networking security solutions, technologies, and best practices to support the secure implementation and sustainment of enterprise network devices in line with information assurance (IA) and security (INFOSEC) compliance, governance, and requirement. Personal experience working with Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA) and like products is a plus.
$120,000 - $150,000 a year
Requests for reasonable accommodations will be considered to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the principal (essential) functions of this job.